News - September 2012

Sunday 30 September - Lewes game postponed

Our league game at Lewes on Saturday 27th October has been postponed due to their progression in the FA Trophy - they beat Lowestoft Town 1-0 this afternoon.

Posted at 17:18

Sunday 30 September - Under 15s beaten again

The under 15s were beaten again by Cheshunt this afternoon, this time in a league fixture, Cheshunt running out 5-3 winners.

Josh Smith gave the young Greens a 2nd minute lead, but Cheshunt responded with three goals, before Domenico Contino and Smith netted to bring things level at 3-3 at half time.

However, the only side to score in the second half were Cheshunt, with goals in the 55th and 65th minutes. Man of the match was Luke Yates, but there was a special mention for Alfie Boal.

Posted at 17:15

Sunday 30 September - FA Trophy hoodoo continues

Hendon's hate-affair with the FA Trophy continued yesterday afternoon with a 2-1 defeat at Leiston.

The home side took a first half lead in an evenly matched opening period. The Greens put in an excellent second half performance with Elliott Charles equalising early in the period, but the remainder of the game saw Leiston keeper Danny Potter in outstanding form as he kept out everything Hendon threw at him. And as is so often the case in such a game it was Leiston who scored the winner in the 73rd minute to send the Greens home disappointed and out of the competition for another year.

Posted at 17:09

Friday 28 September - Maan joins Walton & Hersham

The club have confirmed today that Mo Maan's registration has been transferred to Walton & Hersham, and he is expected to be in the Swans squad tomorrow.

Posted at 11:02

Friday 28 September - League Cup tie put back 24 hours

Our league cup tie against Tilbury has been put back by 24 hours and will now be played on Wednesday 17th October, kicking off at 7:45pm at Vale Farm.

The reason for the change is to avoid a possible clash with Wembley who may have an FA Vase replay on the Tuesday evening. The change also means that we avoid a clash with the televised England game.

Posted at 10:25

Thursday 27 September - Long FA Trophy trip on Saturday

The first team face their longest trip of the season so far on Saturday when they travel to Leiston in the FA Trophy first qualifying round.

There are still a few seats available on the coach - booking details can be found by scrolling down this page.

Admission prices at Victory Road are £8 adults, £5 concessions, and £1 for under 16s.

This will be the first time we have played the Suffolk club, who have made their way through the Leagues from the Eastern Counties League over the past few years, winning promotion from Division One North as Champions last season.

Gary and the squad will be very keen to make an impact in a competition that has not been a favourite at the club over the years, and hopefully the squad can build on the vastly improved performance that brought about the FA Cup win over Lewes last weekend.

Should a replay be required, it would take place at Vale Farm on Tuesday 2nd October, kicking off at 7.45pm.

Posted at 14:11

Thursday 27 September - Eastbourne admission & travel

We have now confirmed all the details for our FA Cup tie with Eastbourne Borough a week on Saturday.

Admission at Priory Lane will be Eastbourne's normal matchday prices of £12 adults, £8 concessions and £1 for under 16s. Any replay will take place at Vale Farm on Tuesday 9th October, and our normal matchday prices of £10 adults, £5 concessions and free for under 16s.

It has not yet been confirmed whether a coach will be running to the game, but we are aware that Southern Trains are offering cheap single fares starting at just £5 each way to and from Eastbourne - and to and from Pevensey and Westham (which is actually the nearest station to the ground). You are advised to book your train tickets as quickly as possible to secure the cheapest tickets.

And if you do choose to book online, make sure you are registered with our EasyFundraising shop. This is because if you go to EasyFundraising, and click through to Southern Railways site, the Supporters Trust will earn a percentage of what you spend - meaning that whilst booking your tickets, you are raising more money for our football club. Just remember - every penny counts.

Posted at 13:55

Wednesday 26 September - Friendly draw at Walton & Hersham

The first team squad played out a 3-3 draw in a friendly against Walton & Hersham last night.

With the starting XI mainly featuring those who didn't start in the FA Cup on Saturday, the Greens took the lead through Jack Mazzone. The home side equalised, before Michael Murray scored a free kick to restore the lead before the Swans equalised again. Walton then took the lead to make it 3-2, but Murray had the last word with another free kick to equalise with the last kick of the game.

Posted at 09:29

Monday 24 September - New date for Kingstonian trip

Our away game at Kingstonian will now be played on Monday 29th October, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 18:36

Monday 24 September - Gary delighted to progress

Gary McCann was delighted following the FA Cup win over Lewes when he spoke to David Ballheimer after Saturday's game.

"I am delighted to go through. This was a very difficult game on paper - for both teams.

"I made some very big decisions on the team selection, making seven changes from last week. It was a gamble to play both James Fisher and Elliott Brathwaite from the start, but both were outstanding today. However, I had to be true to what I believe in.

"The second half was as good as we have been this season and we were in complete control after scoring the second goal. We weren't that good in the first half and may have been a little lucky to be in front at half-time."

Posted at 15:42

Monday 24 September - FA Cup draw throws up seaside trip

The draw for the third qualifying round of the FA Cup has been made, and we have been given a tough away draw to Eastbourne Borough.

The south coast side currently lie 12th in the Blue Square South with 10 points from their 8 games so far and reached this stage of the FA Cup by beating Waltham Abbey 4-2.

The game will be played on Saturday 6th October, kicking off at 3.00pm

Posted at 11:08

Sunday 23 September - England knocked out in group stages

Scott Cousins adventure with the England 6-a-side squad came to an end in the group stages of the Euro 2012 tournament yesterday following their final two games.

Following their 4-1 defeat to Czech Republic on Friday, they lost 7-1 to Montenegro, but did end on a high note by winning 3-2 against Italy with a fine passing performance - or in Scott's words "absolute 1 touch soccer".

Posted at 18:05

Sunday 23 September - Spaces on coach to Leiston

There are still spaces on the coach to Leiston for Saturday's FA Trophy tie, priced at £12 each. If you would like to travel on the coach, please either email the website on admin@hendonfc.net or call Steve Rogers on 07748 526594. You will be given the departure time when you book your seat.

Posted at 17:43

Sunday 23 September - Under 15s knocked out of league cup

The under 15s were knocked out of the league cup this afternoon as they lost 4-1 to Cheshunt.

The game started well with Luke Yates giving the young Greens a half-time lead, but a poor second half allowed Cheshunt to score four times and progress to the second round.

Posted at 17:41

Saturday 22 September - Greens see off the Lewes challenge

Hendon progressed to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup with what turned out to be a comfortable 3-0 win over Lewes.

However, the first half was very even, with both sides missing what appeared to be easy chances, but the Greens pinched the lead just before half time when a Lewes defender gave away possession cheaply which allowed Dean Cracknell to score with a lovely shot.

The lead was doubled early in the second half when the ball fell to Elliott Charles at the far post and he was able to tuck the ball home for his first goal of the season.

The Greens were well control for the rest of the game, although the Rooks did have a few chances. The final goal came in second half stoppage time when Michael Murray fired home an excellent free kick that left the Lewes keeper rooted to the spot.

The draw for the next round will be made on Monday, and should be available around lunchtime. Games are due to be played on the weekend of 6th/7th October.

Posted at 19:56

Saturday 22 September - Kingstonian away game postponed

Following our progression in the FA Cup this afternoon, our away game at Kingstonian on 6th October has been postponed. A new date for the game will be announced in due course.

Posted at 19:49

Saturday 22 September - Important message from the chairman

Hopefully, by 5pm this evening, we will have successfully negotiated our way through today's difficult tie and into the 3rd Qualifying Round. Hopefully, we'll be £4,500 better off with the prospect of further prize money to come.

But, come 5pm, we might be waving a fond farewell to this season's FA Cup campaign, and the prize money that comes with a successful cup run. If that is the case, then be under no illusions - it won't be too long before the consequences really start to kick in.

It takes money and it takes support to keep a club like Hendon going - a lot more money and a lot more support than we currently have.

We have a small group of people - I can number them on one hand - who go above and beyond the call of duty to keep the club alive.

We have a slightly larger group who help out, whether it is by making financial contributions or by performing duties on match days.

Then there is another, larger, group who support the club by attending home matches, paying their Trust memberships, sponsoring a match ball or player's kit or paying £5 a month for the Snowball lottery.

And then there's the final group – who no longer attend home matches, no longer pay (or have never paid) their Trust memberships or do not participate in the Snowball lottery. They "look out" for our results on the website or via Twitter. They "like" our Facebook page.

What I have learnt in the 6 years since the Trust was formed, is that if Hendon is to survive, let alone prosper, we need everyone to step up one level of support.

We need people to come to home games and encourage their friends to come too.

We need people to buy season tickets even if they are only going to get to the occasional game.

We need people to join (or rejoin) the Trust. We need people to take a Snowball (or two) and encourage their friends to do so too.

We need people to sponsor match balls and players’ kits.

We need people to make donations.

We need people to volunteer for match day duties.

In short, we need people to do more than they are doing.

Otherwise, there might not be any more results to look out for on the website or via Twitter and there may be no Facebook page to like.

Simon Lawrence

Posted at 14:00

Friday 21 September - Cousins representing England this weekend

Our popular club captain, Scott Cousins, is currently in Moldova as part of the England 6-a-side squad playing in the MiniEuro2012 championships this weekend.

The squad opened their campaign earlier today, but went down to a 4-1 defeat to the Czech Republic, although Scott felt that the scoreline was harsh on England. Their remaining group matches take place over the next 24 hours against Italy and Montenegro.

The quarter finals are played tomorrow evening, with the semi finals and final taking place on Sunday.

We will aim to keep you posted over the weekend with the squad's progress - and everyone at the club wishes Scott and the squad every success this weekend.

Posted at 17:02

Friday 21 September - Two George's join the squad

Gary McCann has made two additions to the squad ahead of this weekend's FA Cup tie against Lewes, both of whom answer to the name of George.

Former Southend United youngster George Smith joins us having been released by the Shrimpers in the summer. The 19 year old is a midfielder, and scored in the friendly at Northwood on Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, joining on a months work experience from Barnet is George McCluskey, the 18 year old brother of Carl. George is a defender who has also played with Carl at Bedfont Town.

We welcome both George's to the club and hope that their time with us is enjoyable and successful.

Posted at 17:01

Thursday 20 September - FA Cup trail continues this weekend

The first team are back on the FA Cup trail this weekend as they entertain Lewes in the Second Qualifying Round. Kick off at Vale Farm is at 3.00pm on Saturday afternoon with normal admission prices applying of £10 adults, £5 concessions and free for under-16s. There are no discounts for holders of season tickets from Premier League or Football League clubs.

Whilst we needed a replay to see off the challenge from Potters Bar Town, Lewes were able to see off Redhill at the first attempt, winning 3-1 thanks to two goals from Arron Wickham and one from Nathan Crabb.

In the league Lewes have, like ourselves, struggled to get going, picking up 6 points from their 6 games so far. Their solitary win was against Wealdstone on August Bank Holiday Monday and last weekend they drew 2-2 at home with Cray Wanderers.

We have met Lewes just once previously in the FA Cup back in 2006 in the same round of the competition. The Rooks scorers that afternoon in their 2-0 win were Karl Beckford and Andy Drury.

Should a replay be required, it would take place on Tuesday 25th September at The Dripping Pan, with admission prices of £11 adults, £6 concessions and free for under-16s.

Gary and the squad are counting on there being lots of positive support from you all on Saturday afternoon as we all pull together to really try and get the season kick-started.

Posted at 12:12

Wednesday 19 September - Trialists score in friendly draw

Hendon drew tonight's friendly with Northwood 2-2, with two trialists getting on the scoresheet.

Both sides scored a goal in each half, with George Smith scoring in the first half, and Kamboe Smith scoring in the second for the Greens.

Posted at 23:52

Tuesday 18 September - Friendly at Northwood tomorrow

We will be playing a friendly at Northwood tomorrow evening, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 15:43

Tuesday 18 September - Supporters Team for 5-a-side

Eddie Edwards is looking to put together a 5-a-side team to enter the Non League Day tournament that the supporters trust is organising.

If you would like to take part, please speak to Eddie on a matchday, or email him on eddieedd@hendonfc.net.

Full details of the tournament can be found on the front page of the website.

Posted at 07:09

Monday 17 September - Gary's post-match comments

Hendon manager Gary McCann was furious with his team after the match at East Thurrock United, a 2-0 defeat which saw the Greens drop back into the bottom two. He said, "Apart from the first four or five minutes - when we should have taken the lead 0 we were second best in every area of the pitch.

"We were lacking in diligence, lacking in competence and lacking in ball retention. On the back of the 3-0 win on Tuesday evening, this was massively disappointing. It was an eye-opener for us.

"The big exception to this is Berkley Laurencin, who can take great pride in his performance. He made eight outstanding saves. Also the two half-time substitutes made good contributions.

"I told the players after the game that there will be changes. Too many of them are not at the races at the moment. I don't know whether they are not listening or just not taking on board what we are saying to them from the bench."

Posted at 14:29

Sunday 16 September - Under 15s hit by early injuries

The under 15s were hit by injuries to two central midfielders in the opening 15 minutes this afternoon as they lost 7-1 at Barking.

With one of the two injured players being captain Tom Light, the young Greens were 2-0 down before Harry Kruger pulled a goal back in the 36th minute to make the score 2-1 at half-time.

Barking took control of the game in the second period, scoring five further goals. The Hendon man of the match was Stephen Garr.

Posted at 18:10

Saturday 15 September - Parker reaches triple century

Popular defender James Parker has become just the 3rd player since the turn of the century to reach 300 first team appearances for Hendon following his appearance today at East Thurrock United. The other two players who have reached the milestone since 2000 are Simon Clarke and James Burgess.

James joined us back in January 2005, making his debut in the London Senior Cup defeat at Fisher Athletic on the last day of the month. That was the only game he played under Gary Farrell, who left the club two days later, with Gary McCann taking over.

Since then, James has been a regular in the starting line-up, and has had a spell as captain. He has played all across the back four, although most of his appearances have come either at centre-back or right-back.

In his 300 appearances, James has scored seven goals, the first of which came at Staines Town in March 2006 in a 3-1 victory and the most recent last season in the league cup defeat at Harrow Borough.

We congratulate James on reaching this rare milestone, and hope that there are many more to come in the months and years to come.

Posted at 16:56

Saturday 15 September - Hendon still in search for league win

Hendon's search for a first league win of the season continues following another disappointing afternoon where they lost 2-0 at East Thurrock.

The home side scored a goal in each half, Hakeem Araba scoring in the 32nd minute, and Sam Higgins scoring in the 66th minute.

Posted at 16:55

Saturday 15 September - Elliott Charles rejoins the squad

We are very pleased to announce that Elliott Charles has rejoined the squad, and is available for this afternoon's game at East Thurrock United.

Elliott joined us just under a year ago, making his debut in the 2-0 win at Wealdstone, and was an important member of the squad last season, scoring 12 goals in 26 appearances.

Posted at 10:26

Saturday 15 September - Back to league action today

Today sees the first team return to league action, in a game that is the second and final league match of the month.

East Thurrock United are our hosts this afternoon, and they have had a similar start to the season to ourselves. They are also still searching for their first league win of the season having drawn four of their five games played so far. They did progress in the FA Cup last weekend, and will play Kingstonian next week in the second qualifying round.

Gary McCann and the squad will be keen to build on the win at Potters Bar on Tuesday evening and move away from the bottom of the table.

Kick off at Rookery Hill is at 3.00pm as normal, and we hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Posted at 08:31

Saturday 15 September - John Adams

It is with sadness that we have learnt of the passing of John Adams earlier this week.

John ran our youth team back in the early 1990s, and was also the father of former player Danny Adams who played for us under Neil Price in the 1996-97 season.

The club's thoughts are with Danny and all of John's family at this very sad time.

Posted at 08:24

Thursday 13 September - Potters Bar replay programmes reprinted

Potters Bar Town are having some more programmes printed from Tuesday night's replay, and they are available to purchase by post. The programmes arrived late on the night, and they then did quickly sell out.

If you missed out on a programme and would like to purchase one, please send a cheque for £2.50 (£2 plus 50p postage) made payable to "PBT FC Supporters Club" to Jeff Barnes, 38 Pinewood Drive, Potters Bar, EN6 2BD and he will get one posted out to you.

We would like to thank Jeff and all at Potters Bar for this kind gesture as we are well aware some of our supporters did miss out on a programme on Tuesday evening.

Posted at 08:44

Wednesday 12 September - Match reporter required on Saturday

For various reasons, none of our regular match reporters are able to get to East Thurrock on Saturday afternoon. Therefore, we are on the lookout for a supporter who is attending the game to write a match report for the website, and to go out to the local papers.

If you are interested in helping us out, please email us via the website email address admin@hendonfc.net and we will explain what is required.

Posted at 23:12

Wednesday 12 September - Hendon lose friendly at Harrow

A squad side made up mainly of those who didn't get starts in the FA Cup along with a handful of trialists lost 2-0 at Harrow Borough this evening in a friendly.

Both Harrow goals came during the second half, the first roughly midway through the half, and the second towards the end.

Posted at 23:05

Wednesday 12 September - New date for Met Police

Our home game against Metropolitan Police will now be played on Tuesday 23rd October, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 15:35

Wednesday 12 September - Hendon win at second attempt

Hendon progressed to the second qualifying round of the FA Cup this evening thanks to a 3-0 win over Potters Bar Town.

On a chilly evening in Hertfordshire, the Greens took the lead in the 33rd minute when Scott Shulton opened his account for the season from the edge of the area. The lead was doubled on the hour mark by Dean Cracknell, his first goal for the club, before Jack Mazzone completed the scoring with a superb strike in stoppage time.

Potters Bar played some good football as well, but had left their shooting boots at home, with Berkley Laurencin having a comfortable evening between the sticks. However, at the other end the Greens forced Ed Thompson into four or five excellent saves during the game.

The reward for Hendon is a home tie against Lewes, with the game taking place on Saturday 22nd September at Vale Farm, kick off 3.00pm.

Posted at 00:10

Tuesday 11 September - Greens aim to complete the job

Hendon will be aiming to complete the job started on Saturday as they travel to Potters Bar Town for this evening's FA Cup replay.

Gary McCann was disappointed with the result and performance on Saturday. "It was not good," he said after the game. "It was the same as we have been this season and I cannot put my finger on it. We are not firing on all cylinders."

"After we had gone 1-0 up we had two great chances to put the game away and we didn't take them. That made us nervous for the last 15 minutes.

"Still we have the chance to put things right in the replay on Tuesday."

Everyone at the club is keen to put the recent disappointing results and performances behind them, and build on what is actually a four match unbeaten run.

Kick off at Potters Bar will be at 7.45pm, and extra-time and penalties will take place if required. Admission is £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for under 16s.

Whilst we understand getting to midweek games isn't easy for many of our supporters, we hope to see as many of you as possible this evening supporting and getting behind the team throughout the 90 minutes.

Posted at 09:19

Monday 10 September - Replay winners at home to Lewes

The winners of tomorrow night's replay will be at home to Lewes in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round. The tie will be played on Saturday 22nd September.

Posted at 12:28

Saturday 08 September - Greens face cup replay

It was another disappointing display from Hendon this afternoon as they drew 1-1 with Potters Bar Town in the FA Cup. The replay will take place on Tuesday evening.

However, had the Greens not given away an unnecessary free kick in stoppage time, from which former trialist Wesley Beckles bundled the ball home to equalise, the Greens would have progressed to the next round.

Hendon's goal came in the 53rd minute when Casey Maclaren let fly from 25 yards, but a chance to double the lead was blown in the 69th minute when Scott Shulton's penalty was saved by Ed Thompson.

The Greens will certainly need to up their game on Tuesday evening if they want to progress to the next round.

Posted at 18:07

Saturday 08 September - Home game against Met Police postponed

Our home game against Metropolitan Police on Saturday 22nd September has been postponed. This is due to their progression in the FA Cup following their 7-1 win at Beckenham Town this afternoon. A new date for the game will be announced in due course.

Posted at 18:05

Saturday 08 September - Under 15s opening game postponed

The Under 15s opening game at home to Clapton tomorrow has been postponed as their opponents haven't yet registered their players.

Posted at 11:01

Friday 07 September - Greens embark on FA Cup trail tomorrow

Hendon set out on the FA Cup trail tomorrow afternoon as they entertain Potters Bar Town in the First Qualifying Round at Vale Farm. Our opponents reached this stage by beating Cheshunt 3-1 in a replay following a 2-2 draw in the Preliminary Round.

Our two clubs have only met once before, in the Middlesex Senior Cup in December 2003 when the Greens won 3-2 with Eugene Ofori, Andy Cook and Martin Randall on target. Lee Talbot and Dave Blower were the scorers for Potters Bar.

Normal admission prices apply for tomorrow's game - including free entry for under 16s, but there are no discounts for season ticket holders of Premier League and Football League clubs.

Should a replay be required, it will take place at Potters Bar on Tuesday evening.

Posted at 17:47

Thursday 06 September - Matchball sponsorship opportunities

We have plenty of vacancies for supporters to sponsor the matchball at our home games during this campaign.

The package costs £80 an dinclude a complimentary ticket, complimentary programme, and your sponsorship will be credited throughout the season in the matchday programme and on the website sponsorship page, and will be credited on the match report page on the website permanently.

If you are interested in sponsoring a ball, please go to the advertising and sponsorship page and follow the relevant links. There you will find an application form to download and a list of games that are currently available. Please don't worry about if it is last season's form, all the details are the same.

Alternatively, please speak to any member of the Supporters Trust board on a matchday - their names can be found on the General Information page on the website, and they will be happy to assist you.

It would be great, as in previous seasons, to have sponsors for the majority of games throughout the season.

Posted at 13:49

Wednesday 05 September - Chairman welcomes under-15s

Chairman Simon Lawrence has expressed his pleasure this morning as he welcomed our new Under-15s squad to the club.

"As we approach the start of a new season I would just like, on behalf of everyone at Hendon Football Club, to wish the players and coaching staff of our new Under-15s all the best for a successful and enjoyable season.

"We are delighted to welcome players, coaches and parents alike into the Hendon fold and hope that you will come to enjoy being a part of this great football club as much as we do.

"I hope to be at a couple of games this season and will encourage all other supporters to do the same.

"After all, we could all be watching future Hendon first teamers out there.

"Likewise, it would be great if under-15 players and parents could come along and support the first team from time to time.

"As Gary McCann says in his programme notes - 'we're all in this together'."

We will keep you all fully updated with the progress of the under-15s throughout the season on the website, along with where their games are being played so that you can go along and watch them if you are able to do so.

Posted at 10:47

Tuesday 04 September - Hendon to ground share at Harrow Borough

Hendon Football Club, have announced that they will be ground-sharing with fellow Ryman Premier club Harrow Borough FC at their Earlsmead home, initially on a three-year deal, from the start of the 2013-14 season.

The Greens lost their Claremont Road ground in 2008 and, after completing the 2008-09 campaign at a number of venues, have made Vale Farm, Wembley FC's home, their base for the past four seasons, the original sharing arrangement having been extended.

Hendon FC Chairman Simon Lawrence, a co-founder of Hendon FC Supporters Trust, the Club's owners, said of the arrangement.

"We are very grateful to Wembley Football Club for all they have done for us in the past few years.

"Hendon Football Club is delighted to arrange this deal with our good friends at Harrow Borough Football Club. We have been friends and rivals, on and off the pitch, for almost 40 years and we look forward to playing on their excellent surface and enjoying their facilities in the seasons to come."

Posted at 18:35

Saturday 01 September - Hendon drop 2 more points

Hendon remain without a victory this season after another disappointing performance meant they could only draw 2-2 with Concord Rangers.

The game started perfectly for the Greens when Jack Mazzone scored with a lovely chip over the keeper in the 14th minute, but they were unable to find a second goal.

Concord equalised in the 57th minute through James White, and ten minutes later Tony Stokes put the Essex side ahead. However, the visitors were reduced to ten men with 15 minutes to go when Danny Glozier was sent off for a second caution.

Gary McCann responded by bringing on Greg Ngoyi, and was rewarded when the striker scored moments later with his first touch of the season.

Both sides went in search for a winner, and for much of the closing stages, it didn't look as though Concord only had ten men. Indeed, the best chance to win the game fell to Stokes, but his excellent overhead kick hit the bar and bounced away to safety.

Posted at 19:50